Feb. 16, 2013
GENEVA, Ohio - The No. 24 Huskies found great leadership from their seniors on the first day of the BIG EAST Championships at the SPIRE Institute where Victoria Flowers and Shauna McNiff each grabbed their first league titles. Connecticut’s DMR squad also reached the top of the podium with a first place finish. UConn concluded the first day of competition sitting in first place with 48 points with second place South Florida having 29 points.
The Huskies dominated the 5,000 meter run capturing the top three spots with senior Shauna McNiff (Hingham, Mass.) grabbing her first BIG EAST crown with a time of 16:09.95 shattering the previous UConn all-time record. Following McNiff were juniors Allison Lasnicki (Canastota, N.Y.) and Lauren Sara (Stratford, Conn.) who took second (16:13.17) and third (16:21.33), respectively.
The UConn DMR squad of Brigitte Mania (Flemington, N.J.), Celina Emerson (Newark, Del.), Ana Groff (Orlando, Fla.) and Lindsay Crevoiserat (Glastonbury, Conn.) reached the top of the podium on Saturday with a first place finish in a time of 11:06.99 setting a new meet record.
Senior All-American Victoria Flowers (Providence, R.I.) earned her first BIG EAST crown on Saturday with a first place toss of 21.34m (70-00.25) in the weight throw.
Connecticut had four Huskies compete in Saturday’s 60m hurdles prelims with junior Chantal Scott (Raleigh, N.C.) qualifying for Sunday’s final after finishing eighth in 8.66.
All-American Mania stamped her ticket to Sunday’s 800m final after finishing first in her preliminary heat with a time of 2:09.20.
Saija Bikanova (Madonas, Latvia) claimed fifth place in the pentathlon with 3,710 points after capturing first place in the shot put (12.25m) and tied for second in the high jump with a leap of 1.69m.
The Huskies will have Mania and Scott competing in their respective event’s finals on Sunday. Additionally, UConn will have several Huskies competing in the mile, triple jump, shot put and pole vault.